It’s that magical time of year again, when a young music fan’s fancies turn to thoughts of SXSW. The adventure begins next week in sunny Austin, TX, where our friends behind the Mess With Texas party (presented by FYF Fest and Fun Fun Fun Fest) are throwing their fourth-annual shindig. This event is always fun and free, and this year it benefits Marbridge, a service for adults with various cognitive challenges. The eclectic lineup kicks off on Friday, March 19 and wraps on Saturday, March 20, 12PM to 9PM on both days. Head down to 1001 East 6th Street and party with Andrew W.K., zone out with Black Angels, and be utterly terrified by GWAR. And yes, it’s FREE. Just make sure you RSVP.
• Friday March 19
Man Man, Billy Bragg, Man or Astroman?, Frightened Rabbit, Black Angels, Yacht, The Bronx, Grupo Fantasma, Brazos, Jail Weddings, Jeff the Brotherhood, Mariachi El Bronx, Hacienda, Suckers, DJ Spooky w/GHP, Admiral Radley (members of Earlimart and Grandaddy), Whoa Hunx, Oh No Ono, Off! (members of Circle Jerks and Redd Kross), Lost in Trees, Jim Jones Revue, Lissie
• Saturday March 20
GWAR, Andrew W.K., Fucked Up, Crystal Antlers, Neon Indian, Japandroids, Dam-funk, Holy Fuck, Fool’s Gold, Japanther, The Dutchess and the Duke, Adam Green, The Soft Pack, Katie Stelmanis, Avi Buffalo, Smith Westerns, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Let’s Wrestle, Pivot, Big Freedia “The Queen of New Orleans Bounce”
• MWTX Party 4: http://mwtxparty.com